Friday, 2 September 2016

First look at Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Arrival arrives online

Following the bombastic return of the angry extraterrestrials in Independence Day: Resurgence, new science fiction drama Arrival promises something a little more subtle and thoughtful, with a prime awards contending slot in place. Now Paramount Pictures have recently released the first images from the new movie, featuring Amy Adams (American Hustle) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker).

Arrival has Sicario (2015) director Denis Villeneuve swapping gang drug violence for intellectual drama about the arrival of a new species. Eric Heisserer (Lights Out) has adapted Ted Chiang's 1998 novella Story Of Your Life (the film originally used that as its title), which finds a linguist named Louise Banks (Adams) pressed into service to figure out an alien language when a dozen mysterious pods appear in the atmosphere and hover over our planet.

Looking to capture a tone nearer to that of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) than Roland Emmerich, Adams explains the appeal. "This isn't a graphic novel universe or creating a new universe. This happens in our world today, as it exists," she tells USA Today. "Not having to transport myself to a universe where superheroes exist, which is also fun, really helped me ground the character and the experience."

Also brought in to help is a physicist named Ian Donnelly (Renner), who will prove invaluable. "I haven't played a smart nerdy guy," he says. "I thought there was a great challenge in that." For more on the film, head to USA Today's website.

Arrival lands in cinemas on 11 November.

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